MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. – Authorities in Morgan County are investigating what’s being called a homicide-suicide after a man and woman were shot and killed Sunday afternoon.
Morgan County Sheriff’s deputies were called around 5:30 p.m. to the 8000 block of E. Landersdale Road in Camby on report of shots fired.
After speaking with witnesses, preliminary information leads detectives to believe 64-year-old Kevin Slemensek shot his estranged wife, 61-year-old Rebecca, before taking his own life.
Neighbors didn’t want to go on camera, but say they witnessed the husband kill his wife outside their home before killing himself.
The deaths took place during a time of year that is dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence.
“Domestic violence can happen anywhere. It does not discriminate, whether age, status, or gender. It literally can touch any home,” said Danyette Smith with Indy Champions.
Danyette Smith is the director of domestic violence prevention for the city of Indianapolis. He says while smaller communities like Morgan County don’t have as many resources to combat domestic violence, anyone who feels they need help leaving a relationship can contact an advocate to develop a safe plan.
“It is super important to know that leaving is the most dangerous time, whether that’s with a divorce or if you’re fleeing,” said Smith. “If someone is willing to kill themselves, 9 times out of 10 they are willing to kill you.”
In this case, court records show the couple had filed for divorce in late August.
The sheriff describes the deaths outside this home as an isolated incident and reiterated there is no danger to the public.
In the meantime, October remains National Domestic Violence Awareness month.
“We’re trying to bring awareness and education into any home that we can because ultimately that will lead to prevention,” said Smith.
The sheriff says the autopsy in the case will be performed on Tuesday that should confirm the cause of death for both the husband and wife.
The Indy Champions says anyone who wants to connect with the program can call 317-210-0671.
Anyone in life-threatening danger should always call 911.
People can also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline through their website or by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is being encouraged to contact Sgt. Mark Anderson at (765) 342-5544.